Proposal for a Directive on representative actions for the protection of the collective interests of consumers, and repealing Directive 2009/22/EC

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Series Details COM (2018) 184
Publication Date 11/04/2018
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Legislative proposal published by the European Commission in April 2018 for a Directive relating to representative actions for the protection of the collective interests of consumers.

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The draft law was put forward to modernise and replace Directive 2009/22/EC on injunctions for the protection of consumers' interests (also known as the Injunctions Directive). It is aimed at improving the effectiveness of the injunction procedure and contributing to the elimination of the consequences of the infringements of EU law which affect the collective interests of consumers.

The legislative initiative was put forward by the European Commission on 11 April 2018 as part of a legislative package on consumer protection. This was a follow-up to the REFIT Fitness Check of EU consumer and marketing law, of which results were published in May 2017. It also followed a Report from the European Commission on the implementation of Recommendation 2013/396/EU. The Council of the European Union adopted its general approach on this proposal on 28 November 2019, followed by the European Parliament in January 2020. An informal agreement between the co-legislators on a compromise text for this draft law was reached on 22 June.

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EPRS: At a Glance, March 2019: Representative actions for the protection of collective interests of consumers
EPRS: Briefing, January 2020: Representative actions to protect the collective interests of consumers: A new deal for consumers
Politico, 23/06/2020: Europe’s landmark deal on collective redress, explained
William Fry: News Article, 30/06/2020: Two Steps Closer to EU-Wide Class-Actions?

EurActiv, 11/04/2018: EU clears path for collective law suits
Deutsche Welle, 11/04/2018: Brussels proposes class-action suits for EU consumers
Reuters, 11/04/2018: EU plans more powers for consumers to sue companies
The Independent, 11/04/2018: EU plans to give consumer more rights against big companies

EUR-Lex: SWD(2018)96 - Staff Working Document accompanyng the Document
EUR-Lex: SWD(2018)98 - Executive Summary of the Staff Working Document
European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Procedure File for Proposal on Representative actions for the protection of the collective interests of consumers
European Parliament: Legislative Train Schedule: Representative actions for the protection of the collective interests of consumers - a New deal for consumers
European Commission: Statement, 28/11/2019: Consumer protection: Commission welcomes political agreement by Council on the Representative Actions Directive
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 28/11/2019: EU closer to enabling consumers to defend their rights collectively
European Parliament: Press Release, 09/01/2020: Negotiations on new EU collective redress rules to begin
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 30/06/2020: EU consumers obtain access to collective redress,both%20injunctions%20and%20redress%20measures.
European Commission: Statement, 30/06/2020: Commission welcomes confirmation of provisional agreement to strengthen collective redress in the EU

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